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Blowout causes traffic jam on Highway 97


Traffic was backed up for miles following an accident on SR97, Monday. According to the Washington State Patrol report, a semi truck and trailer driven by Jasbir S. Uppal, 55, of Yuba, Calif. jackknifed around milepost 32.5, blocking both lanes of traffic. The accident was caused by a front, right tire blowout, according to the report. The blowout caused the truck to veer to the right, hitting the guardrail. The truck bounced off the guardrail and headed across the road, striking the other guardrail before coming to a halt. In addition to having to remove the truck, which was totaled, about 10 gallons of spilled diesel fuel also had to be removed.

Uppal was not injured. The report indicat...

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